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The Morning Briefing: Budget Passes, Phonecall-Gate, Vegas Update and Much, Much More


Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
  • Later in the morning, the President will meet with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Senate Republicans pass a budget

The Republicans in the Senate passed a budget late last night which set the stage for tax reform. The bill passed mostly along party lines with 51 Republicans voting for it and all the Democrats voting against. Senator Rand Paul voted against the bill. “I could not in good conscience vote for a budget that ignores spending caps that have been the law of the land for years and simply pretend it didn’t matter,” Paul said in a statement.

President Trump released a statement following the passage:

President Donald J. Trump applauds the Senate for passing its FY 2018 Budget Resolution today and taking an important step in advancing the Administration’s pro-growth and pro-jobs legislative agenda. This resolution creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts, simplifying the overcomplicated tax code, providing financial relief for families across the country, and making American businesses globally competitive. President Trump looks forward to final enactment of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution so we can bring jobs back to our country.

ABC News reports: "The resolution is a nonbinding budget framework, and is a legislative vehicle that will allow Republicans to pass a tax plan under the rules of reconciliation. This means the GOP tax bill could pass without a single Democratic vote. It also avoids a filibuster attempt by Democrats."

Let's get some tax reform!

Weinstein update

Degenerate and Democrat Party underwriter Harvey Weinstein continues to make headlines. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has come forward with a tale similar to other accusers: dinner, massage, and some posturing: "If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing," she said of her encounter with Weinstein.

News broke yesterday that Los Angeles police are investigating Weinstein for rape. (He being investigated by New York police as well.) An Italian actress alleges: "He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me." This is the sixth woman to allege that Weinstein had raped her.

So, how is that rehab going for Harvey? Not well, according to Page Six. A source told the publication, “In one group therapy session, Harvey arrived 15 minutes late. Then, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him.” And: “Harvey fell asleep in his chair. He was only woken up by the ringing of his smuggled mobile phone [which is banned at the facility] . . . Harvey jolted awake, jumped up, immediately took the call and then ran out of the room.”